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  1. The city used to clear sidewalks throughout Evanston. Maybe they need to think about doing so again. The Sheridan Road bikepath is cleared after snowfalls and people use this to walk and jog. Residents should not be forced to shovel these show piles at the end of the streets that are made by the city plows. Why not provide the services Evanston used to, at least in this capacity? If residents see that the city is making an effort, maybe they will be more receptive to doing their sidewalks as well.

  2. What about those Green Bay Rd. business property owners, north of Central Street, who do not even attempt to shovel the snow along their business? I’ve called the City more than once on this problem, and nothing has been done!

  3. Here in Chicago, I yesterday saw a TV news video of a human pushing a narrow plow to clear a dedicated bike lane of snow. I don’t know if it’s narrow enough for Evanston sidewalks. I couldn’t help thinking, this was being done before all our side streets have been plowed.
    This afternoon I discussed snow clearance from a bus stop shelter with the branch manager of the public library it’s in front of. Snow thrown onto the curb by the city snowplow had not been cleared in front of and next to (for wheelchair users) the shelter. She said she’d call the alderman’s office. I told her to tell them to tell the snow-shoveler to toss that snow from the curb as far out onto the street as possible – because that’s where it was originally.

  4. Right on! Years ago, I got on the case of a Walgreens in Chicago which is on a corner next to a major arterial. After that snowfall and plowing sequence, the frozen snow across the sidewalk going to the crosswalk was high enough to offer a small child a “mountain” to climb, but impassable for a person using an assistive device. We need this in Chicago, too, and it should be enforced everywhere.
    Decades ago I observed snowplows working US Highway 2 in Ashland, Wisconsin. The plows moved all the snow to the center of the road instead of the sides. They were followed by a front-end loader and dump truck, which teamed up to promptly remove the plowed snow from the roadway. This is how it should be done!

  5. Well said, John McClelland, and thank you! More thorough education and repeated ticketing, if necessary, ought to make the public more aware. I can’t help but wonder if the City could make an investment in a smaller plow that could help with the crosswalk snow blockades (at corners AND at medians that are a bane to all of us who eschew automobiles in favor of human-powered walking in this very walkable city. Walkable except when it snows.